I’ve mentioned before how much I love homemade granola and how easy it is to make. And this granola recipe is especially easy because you can use your favorite pre-made trail mix in it! For this batch of granola, I used a tropical trail mix, but you can use any flavor you like.
The idea for making Trail Mix Granola came to me while I was making my Honey Trail Mix Bars. I really liked those and if you can add trail mix to a snack bar recipe, why not add it to granola too? You basically combine the ingredients for the granola oat “base” and bake it in the oven, then add in the trail mix after the oat mixture is done baking. This granola is easy to make and very yummy–great for serving at breakfast or for eating as a snack!
Trail Mix Granola
TRAIL MIX GRANOLA by NancyC
- 7 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 cup sweetened or unsweetened coconut flakes
- 3/4 cup wheat germ or flaxseed
- 2/3 cup light olive oil or canola oil
- 1 1/4 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups trail mix, any variety (use store-bought or homemade–I used a tropical trail mix for this batch)
Adjust oven rack to middle of oven. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a 13 x 18″ rimmed baking pan with parchment paper; set aside (or use two rimmed 10 x 15″ cookie sheets).
In a very large bowl, stir together the oats, coconut flakes, and wheat germ or flaxseed.
In a medium microwave-safe bowl, stir together the oil, honey, cinnamon and salt; heat in microwave for 30 to 40 seconds, then stir until well-blended.
Pour honey mixture over oat mixture in large bowl, stirring to coat evenly. Spread mixture in an even layer on the lined 13 x 18″ pan.
Bake at 325˚F for 20 minutes; remove from oven, stir mixture (so it will bake evenly), then return to oven for another 20 minutes–for a total baking time of 40 minutes. Remove from oven and stir in the trail mix. Let granola stand until cooled, then stir again to break any large clumps. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
Recipe from NancyC | nancy-c.com
Are you a fan of homemade granola? If you were going to make some Trail Mix Granola, what kind of trail mix would you use?